Monday, August 31, 2015

BBReview: "New York Kings 1: Night Games" by Collette West

Genre: New Adult - Contemporary/Romance
Publishing Date: February 8th, 2014
Page Count: 252
Source: Sent to me by the Author
Format: Kindle E-Book

Description from
The moment Grey Kelleher locks eyes with All-Star shortstop Chase Whitfield, she's a goner. For years, she's watched him play on TV, and now she's gazing at his hard, lean body across a bar in her hometown.

Grey's crush on Chase goes all the way back to his rookie season. So when she approaches him for an autograph, she's startled by what a jerk he can be.

Chase is no mood to humor his fans, even one as alluring as Grey. He's in the last year of his contract and stuck having to prove himself on a minor league team. He's only there to rehab an injury, nothing more.

But when Grey tells him off, Chase realizes her fiery spirit may be just the distraction he needs to take his mind off not being in the majors. His heart is safe. No one's going to break his streak as baseball's most eligible bachelor. Not even someone as irresistible as Grey.
Night Games was such a cute, romantic, and sexy (but not too sexy) read. I am so happy that I agreed to read this book for review, because it was completely worth my time! This is definitely a book I would gladly pay for. It is your typical New Adult type book with a fun Baseball theme, but for the most part we all know, or have a good idea, what is going to happen in the story. Even though I had a good sense what was going to happen, I still read it and I still loved it.

The number one thing I loved was the feist! Grey is a super feisty chick who doesn't let people step all over her. She definitely isn't a loudmouth, like her sister, but she will speak up when something bothers her and she will absolutely NOT let a douchebag Baseball player treat her like crap -- matter how sexy he is. Grey is very easy to love, and she is also very easy to relate to. I love when you can easily get in the head of a main character. Chase, on the other hand, was tad over the top. He is very dramatic at times. He has insecurities and the way he deals is to be a douche to push people away. Sometimes I felt like he really needed to take a chill pill. I would wonder why in the world Grey fell for him, but I'm engaged to a man just like Chase sooo...I get it lol.

I only had one problem with this story and it was the foreshadowing. There was simply too much. Like I said earlier, we all know what's going to happen in these stories. Girl meets boy, boy is an asshat, girl starts to have feelings anyway, boy makes up for it, they have hot sex and fall in love. The End. So trust me when I tell you that we can grasp your foreshadowing the first time. You don't have to keep dropping hints of what is to come, because foreshadowing is supposed to be subtle and just graze the reader's mind. For example, when we are in the character's head, there was just too much repetitiveness. They would say the same thing, five different ways, five times in a row. We get it, Chase, your insecure. Another good example is when Noah goes out to Grey's truck to ask her to wait and speak with Chase. Noah goes on this profound speech about how he thinks the reason Chase is so rude to her is because the feelings he is starting to have for her scare him. I'm sorry, but how in the hell would Noah know that? He's known Chase, what, 5 hours? He can't know all this stuff about what is going on in Chase's head! I would believe it if he were one of Chase's teammates, or a childhood friend, but he just met the guy. I digress.

Other than the foreshadowing debacle, I loved the story. Especially the alternating points of view!

I found Night Games to be the right mix of romantic, cute, and sexy. We all know how these stories go, but that doesn't keep us from reading and loving them. I loved Grey and Chase's chemistry and could read about them all day long. The only problem I had with the story is that the foreshadowing is not very subtle, which makes the characters hard to believe sometimes. Other than that small problem, I really loved the story and LOVED that it was in alternating points of view.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4/5

**The books cover, description, and info was all found on Goodreads. A link back has been provided. All other work and ideas are of my own creation. This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.**